Monday November 28th 2022
After Sunday’s adventures at SeaWorld, I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. I was up at 7:30 to get ready for a twenty five mile travel day. Checkout time was at 11AM and I hadn’t gotten as much stuff done as I wanted. There were still several dirty dishes to clean up and the outside tasks hadn’t been touched. Working tired meant I had to be careful not to make any mistakes.
I had everything stowed and the slide rooms pulled in a few minutes before eleven. One of the pull through sites across the street also emptied out this morning. I took advantage of the space to hook up the car for towing. It was a couple of minutes after eleven as I pulled out of my home for the last five weeks. I back on a two week schedule for the most part this winter.
With twenty five miles to travel and two hours to kill before I could check in, it was clear I needed to find a place to park for an hour or more. My solution was to get on Interstate 4 west for eight miles to a rest area. The only problem was all of the parking spaces were full. I reversed direction at the next exit and found the last available space at the east bound rest area. The detour to park added twenty miles to my twenty five mile drive, but it got me in after the 1PM checkout time at the State Park.
My other adventure along the way was attempting to buy gas. The first station was very crowded and already had two RVs taking up space waiting to get to the pumps. There wasn’t any room for me to wait. My next attempt had similar issues. It wasn’t as busy but the available space was limited. I would have blocked access to most of the pumps for arriving customers and there was a pretty good chance I’d get blocked in as well. Consequently, I burned time and gas, and arrived at my destination with a little better than a quarter tank of gas. The first thing on my travel agenda when I leave here in two weeks will be buying gas.
I’m at a familiar stop. The Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont Florida will be my home through the twelfth of December. The easy access to nature, hiking trails and water is closer to my kind of place to stay than the RV park I was at for the last five weeks. My site is tucked away in the corner of the camping loop at the end of the road. It was a bit of a chore getting backed in, but the result is perfect for my stay. Once I finished most of my setup tasks, I crashed. Some food and a nap followed.